I am a recent graduate in BA(hons) Fashion Textile: Print from the University of the Creative Arts Rochester. I was born in a small town called Goondiwindi in Queensland, Australia and lived there for eleven years before moving to a small medieval fishing town, Rye in East Sussex. I get my passion for textiles from my grandmother where my earliest memories are sitting next to her watching her sew and do handy crafts. She often got me involved in making dolly’s and my own clothes. My Mother and Grandmother always encouraged me to draw, probably before I could even talk! Giving me pens and an old newspaper to ‘draw’ with in my highchair whilst mum would prepare dinner! During my degree I realised that my drawing skills developed from my art studies background and photography – which is a pleasurable hobby – could be intergraded within textile and print design. Throughout my degree I was challenging new ways of incorporating other art mediums within textiles. I also completed internships with Ann Carrington, A Margate artist and Vooprint Studios, London, where I have gained valuable industry experience. I often draw inspiration from my surroundings and personal concepts whether that be my heritage, present or futuristic ideas. I like juxtaposing these with other social concepts and allowing the development stage to take over and blossom into something far more exciting then I initially imagined. For me the textiles and print design come first before applying to which ever products may be suitable.
- Graduate Collection - THE FIGHT INSIDE THE BODYThis collection takes a personal inspiration from my own experience of recently being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease; type 1 diabetes and how I have managed the condition through the wellness of nature. I became fascinated in learning what was happening inside my body with the change and breakdown of cells in the pancreas. In order to portray the narrative of how the body attacks itself and the importance of restoring order and balance through connecting with nature, other themes such as,
- Print Design
- Screen Printing
- Hand Drawing
- Digital Print